“I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kind of things. Also, that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace’s arrival. But no, it’s clog and slog and scotch, on the floor, in the silence, in the dark.”
― Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
This week’s set of readings from the Revised Common Lectionary stir up in my memory this quote from Anne Lamott.
I am not sure which Biblical text I will preach from and so I am pondering all of them in my heart. I am usually drawn to Jeremiah, and even though he is predicting doom and gloom, he also hints toward the promise of God for a better tomorrow…if, only. If only we live as God desires, grace will lead our lives.
Okay, maybe not. There is very little evidence of hope in Jeremiah. sigh….there is however a lot of prophecy about the failure of the people and God deciding to let destruction happen. Winds and sandstorms ensue…where might one go with this text?
Maybe you are feeling called to speak from the Psalms, or Exodus..these too offer some heavy choices, that slog and clog kind of real life stuff, where grace is hard to find…but always there.
Or the Letter to Timothy, which points directly to grace…I rarely preach from the Epistle, but sometimes it is the text that calls to me. What about you? Is this text calling out to you today?
I’ll probably lean into the Gospel and talk about these parables and what it means to go looking for the one lost soul when there is a herd of sheep to tend too….(In the silence, in the dark, on the floor…).
And then there is the Genesis reading for all of you using the Narrative Lectionary this year. Oh, I love Genesis, so rich with stories of the humanity wrestling with God! We aren’t using NL so I won’t get to Genesis until next summer. Still, many of you are, so where is the text taking you this week?
So here we, another Preacher Party and the 11th hour is upon us! Much to do, much to do. Let’s do it together. Pull up a chair and grab a mug. I have plenty of tea and coffee, what’s your pleasure. Soon there will be virtual food aplenty as we always bring a great pot-luck of deliciousness to the party. I’m glad you are here today and look forward to hosting this party.